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Aunchalee Palmquist, MA, PhD, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: Human Milk Banking and Sharing Lecture Pack 2017
  • Country: United States

Aunchalee Palmquist is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She completed postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health and in the Global Health Initiative at Yale University. Palmquist is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies at Elon University. Her recent research focuses on critical biocultural contexts of breastfeeding, human milk sharing, and infant and young child feeding in emergencies. She blogs at

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Understanding and Addressing Breastfeeding Disparities and Human Milk Inequity in Emergencies
Emergencies, whether natural disasters or complex humanitarian crises, often reproduce and exacerbate pre-existing health disparities. Mothers and infants within vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed social groups are more likely to carry a disproportionate burden of perinatal morbidity and mortality resulting from emergencies as compared with those in privileged groups. Emergency response for pregnancy support, childbirth, and infant and young child feeding (IYCF-E) tends to address acute needs but often fails to support long-term and sustainable resilience to health inequalities and inequities. This presentation provides an overview of critical issues that influence social inequalities of perinatal maternal and infant nutrition in a global context, and then highlights the intersection with IYCF-E. A case studies approach will be used to illustrate key concepts. Although emergencies present numerous challenges to protecting maternal and infant health, they also avail unique opportunities to promote and support breastfeeding and human milk equity globally.
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks